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Today's Death Notices

Herbert Earl Drake, 92

Last Week's Obituaries

Richard Jankowski

Published on: Monday, April 25, 2016

OXFORD – Richard Jankowski, 66, of Oxford, passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2016. He was born on June 11, 1949 in Jackson Heights, son of the late Matthew and Genevieve (Kucienski) Jankowski.

He graduated from Mt. Upton Central School and attended college at Dutchess Community College. In 1969, shortly after graduating, he was drafted into the US Air Force. He served his country at various stations. He especially enjoyed his time in Turkey, which inspired his love of the architecture. He was honorably discharged in 1974 and went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from NYU.

On January 15, 1983, he was married to Caroline Henriksen and they made their home in Oxford. He worked for a variety of companies throughout his career, including the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. His signature architectural feature was archways; every design had to have one, including his own home.

Rich was a member of the Norwich American Legion. He greatly enjoyed hunting and was a member of the NRA. He loved music and had an impressive record collection. Rich delighted in entertaining and throwing parties, and was always an attentive host.

Richard is survived by: his wife of 33 years, Caroline Jankowski; three children: Regina, June and Jonathan Jankowski; two step-daughters, Alanna Simpson and Dawn McCall; sister, Lillian Finger as well as many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Eugene Jankowski.

Friends may call from 11:00am-1:00pm on Monday, April 25, 2016 at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney. Funeral services will begin at 1:00pm at the funeral chapel. Burial with military honors will follow in Maplewood Cemetery, Mt. Upton. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.

Condolences and memories may be shared online at www.landersfh.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.


Martin Scott Johnson

Published on: Monday, April 25, 2016

PENOBSCOT, ME – Martin Scott Johnson passed away Friday, April 1, 2016 at approximately 6:33pm. He was in the family home at the time of his passing surrounded by his loving wife Carroll, son Matthew and daughter-in-law Shannon.

His final moments consisted of a last smile and a grateful, loving squeeze of both of his hands, one upon his wife of nearly 36 years and the other upon his only son of almost 35 years. Marty lived a full life from February 3, 1960 through April 1st 2016.

During his life he accomplished many things. He was a decorated Army soldier, a self made and skillful finish carpenter who made many fine finish cabinetry projects over the years, he was a mechanic and tractor business owner, code enforcement officer of Penobscot, volunteer firefighter, baseball coach, mentor and friend to many. He was a loving husband, father and so much more.

It would be so much easier to list off the things he did not do, than to list his accomplishments.

He leaves behind his wife, Carroll Johnson, Penobscot, Maine; his son, Matthew Johnson; daughter-in-law Shannon Trask; four granddaughters Kylie Johnson, Madalynn Benoit-Johnson, Haylee and Heather Jacobs, and an adopted grandson, Cole Casey, all of Orland, Maine.

Marty is also a survived by his parents, Harold & Audrey Johnson, Oxford, New York, two sisters Wendy Wright Bucksport, Maine and Joy & husband Anthony Huffaker, of Sandy, Utah; a brother Gregg Johnson and his wife Debra, Oxford, New York. Uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., April 30, 2016 at the Riposta Funeral home in Belfast, Maine.

In lieu of flowers and arrangements, please send a donation in his remembrance to either the Bangor Humane Society, St. Jude’s Hospital or the Arbor Day Foundation. These were places Marty really cared about.


Helen F. Lopiccolo

Published on: Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Helen F. LoPiccolo, 92, formerly of Birdsall Street, in Norwich, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 22, 2016 in the Residential Health Care Facility at Chenango Memorial Hospital. Her family was at her side.

Born February 24, 1924, in Elizabeth, NJ, Helen was the daughter of Richard and Florence (Hoffman) Ogden. She graduated from high school in Elizabeth and worked there in the Simmons Mattress Company before her marriage. She and her husband, Dominic, and son, Jim, moved to Norwich by train in May 1948 where they raised their six children.

Helen was an accomplished seamstress, and sewed and crocheted many items for her family. Her greatest loves, however, were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, some of whom graduated from “Gramma School”, complete with diplomas.

Helen was also a member of St. Bartholomew’s Church.

On May 5, 1946, in Elizabeth, NJ, Helen married Dominic V. LoPiccolo, who died on October 3, 1995. She is survived by her children and their spouses, James and Barbara LoPiccolo, of Norwich, John and Janice LoPiccolo, of Coral Spings, FL, Thomas and Samantha LoPiccolo, of Norwich, Donna and Thomas Manley, of Norwich, Linda Young, of Clayton, NC, and Teresa and Jeff Crooke, of Liverpool, NY; thirteen grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. Helen was predeceased by two brothers, George and Richard Ogden.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Helen will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at St. Bartholomew’s Church where Rev. Ralph Bove, pastor, will officiate. Burial will immediately follow at St. Paul’s Cemetery. There be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Helen’s memory may be made to the St. Bartholomew’s Church Capital Campaign Fund, 83 East Main Street, Norwich, NY 13815.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilson Funeral Home. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit the funeral home website at: www.wilsonfh.com.


Martin Scott Johnson

Published on: Wednesday, April 27, 2016

PENOBSCOT, ME – Martin Scott Johnson passed away Friday, April 1, 2016 at approximately 6:33pm. He was in the family home at the time of his passing surrounded by his loving wife Carroll, son Matthew and daughter-in-law Shannon.

His final moments consisted of a last smile and a grateful, loving squeeze of both of his hands, one upon his wife of nearly 36 years and the other upon his only son of almost 35 years. Marty lived a full life from February 3, 1960 through April 1st 2016.

During his life he accomplished many things. He was a decorated Army soldier, a self made and skillful finish carpenter who made many fine finish cabinetry projects over the years, he was a mechanic and tractor business owner, code enforcement officer of Penobscot, volunteer firefighter, baseball coach, mentor and friend to many. He was a loving husband, father and so much more.

It would be so much easier to list off the things he did not do, than to list his accomplishments.

He leaves behind his wife, Carroll Johnson, Penobscot, Maine; his son, Matthew Johnson; daughter-in-law Shannon Trask; four granddaughters Kylie Johnson, Madalynn Benoit-Johnson, Haylee and Heather Jacobs, and an adopted grandson, Cole Casey, all of Orland, Maine.

Marty is also a survived by his parents, Harold & Audrey Johnson, Oxford, New York, two sisters Wendy Wright Bucksport, Maine and Joy & husband Anthony Huffaker, of Sandy, Utah; a brother Gregg Johnson and his wife Debra, Oxford, New York. Uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his mother, Sarah Mae Johnson, his grandparents and friends.

Services will be held at 11:00 am, April 30, 2016 at the Riposta Funeral home in Belfast, Maine.

In lieu of flowers and arrangements, please send a donation in his remembrance to either the Bangor Humane Society, St. Jude’s Hospital or the Arbor Day Foundation. These were places Marty really cared about.


Bernard J. Kirk

Published on: Friday, April 29, 2016

SHERBURNE – Bernard J. Kirk, 58, of State Highway 12, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse after suffering with Chron’s and heart disease for years.

He was born March 18, 1958 in North Norwich, a son of the late Daniel J. Sr., and Edna Mae Hicks Kirk. He attended Sherburne-Earlville Schools and earned his GED in the U.S. Army where he served from 1980 to 1983. Bernard had worked in construction, also for Steel Sales, Inc. in Sherburne, Bennett Ireland in Norwich and various other occupations locally. He moved to Fresno, CA to be near an Army friend and his family, where he worked in construction, set up tents for charities, and did other jobs in the area. He moved back East in 2007 due to ill health and to be near his family. Bernard loved animals, especially dogs and cats. He loved sports, was an avid fan of the New York Yankees, especially Derek Jeter, and the Denver Broncos, especially Payton Manning. He enjoyed many hobbies including four-wheeling, woodworking, antiquing and garage sales. He was a history buff and enjoyed watching the History Channel, having a particular interest in old sailing ships.

Bernard met the love of his life, Michelle Wilcox, and they lived together for the last 15 years of her life. He was her caregiver while she dealt with a debilitating illness, until her death in 2007.

Bernard is survived by a daughter, Amanda Kirk of Mesa, AZ; two grandchildren, Michael Bell and Lyric Bell, both of Buffalo; his sister and caregiver, Lillian Hicks of Sherburne; brother and sister-in-law, Daniel, Jr. and LuAnn Kirk of Greene; a special nephew, Keith Kirk and his family of Greene; and his dear close friends Ancion and Karen Gonzales and their family of Fresno, CA. He was predeceased by a brother, Conway Hicks.

Graveside services with military honors will be held at 11:30 am Friday, May 6, 2016 in the North Norwich Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans; the S.P.C.A. of Chenango County; or to a charity of one’s choice.

We love and miss you. Your sister Lil, brother, Dan, Luann and family.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne.

To send a condolence and sign the Book of Memories online go to www.burgessandtedescofuneralhomes.com.


Jesse Eugene Hurlburt, Jr.

Published on: Friday, April 29, 2016

BAINBRIDGE – Jesse Eugene Hurlburt, Jr., 86, of Bainbridge, passed away on Tuesday April 26, 2016. He was born on December 20, 1929 in Nineveh, son of the late Nora and Jesse Hurlburt.

Jesse served his country in the US Army during the Korean War and received the Purple Heart. He was a hard working man: he worked at Christman Motors in Norwich, and was a longtime groundskeeper for Prospect Hill Cemetery, Sidney. He was a member of the American Legion, and enjoyed hunting, camping, farming, working on vehicles and visiting with friends. He was a loving family man, and spending quality time with them was very important to him.

He is survived by: his loving wife of 56 years, Jane “Elvene” (Goodrich) Hurlburt of Bainbridge

Children: Nina Staiger of Holmesville; Gloria and Richard Dibble of Bainbridge; Carol Gormley of Bainbridge; Arnold and Brenda Carson of Bainbridge; Gary and Cassandra Carson of New Berlin; Barbara and William Wayman of Susquehanna, PA; Julie Squires of Harpursville; Jessie Hurlburt-Baldwin of Guilford and Rodney Hurlburt and Henri Byrnes of Bainbridge

62 grandchildren, 67 great-grandchildren, 4 great, great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Bev Hurlburt.

In addition to his parents, Jesse was predeceased by his brothers, Joe, James and John; and sons-in-law, Vincent Gormley and Rex Squires.

Friends may call from 6:00-8:00pm on Monday, May 2, 2016 at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St. Sidney, and from 10:00am-11:00am on Tuesday, May 3rd. Funeral services will begin at 11:00am on Tuesday, May 3rd with Rev. Chuck Reppard officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Bainbridge. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Jesse’s family to offset medical expenses.

Condolences may be shared online at www.landersfh.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.


Cheryl Mcgowan

Published on: Friday, April 29, 2016

Cheryl McGowan, 56, of Oxford, passed away on April 26, 2016. Cheryl was born on October 17, 1959 in Oxford, NY a daughter of the late Cecil and Esther (Buckland)McGowan.

Cheryl is survived by her brother Timothy McGowan (Connie Rolison), and her sister Julie McGowan (John Souders). She is also survived by her good friends Rick DuBois and Ginny. Also surviving are several loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Cheryl graduated from Oxford Academy and Central Schools in 1978 with an academic history playing Field Hockey, Soft Ball, Cheerleading, Band, and Ski Club.

She was a member on the Fort Hill Post American Legion Auxiliary. She loved animals and going camping. She also enjoyed going to Turning Stone Casino with her good friend Mary Benedict.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Fort Hill Post #376, American Legion, PO Box PO Box 217, Oxford, NY 13830. A celebration of life will be held at a date and time to be announced.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Behe Funeral Home Inc. 21 Main Street, Oxford, NY 13830. Friend and Family may share condolences at www.behefuneralhome.com.


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